Jun 30, 2010 3:31 PM by David Ortiviz

Pueblo's no-kill dog shelter kicks off expansion

A no-kill animal shelter in Pueblo is expanding to help address the pet over-population. Today-June 30, the Pueblo Animal Welfare and Protection Society or "PAWS" broke ground on a new shelter.

The new 25,000 sq. ft. shelter will replace the existing one, which is located 800 N. Pueblo Blvd., north of the Arkansas River. "Our shelter is pretty minimal and we've known for a long time that we've needed a new facility," said Bev Kachel, President of PAWS for Life Animal Welfare and Protection Society.

The new shelter will have enough room to hold about 150 dogs and 50 cats, which is four times the number of animals they currently take care of on a monthly basis.

"This is going to be Pueblo's prize. It's a wonderful project and I think people should be ecstatic," said Kachel.

In addition to a new shelter, Kachel says they also plan to open a vet clinic and doggie day care. There are also plans for a dog park and agility course.

The total cost of the project is $6.5 million. Kachel says they hope to have the new shelter built by the fall.

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